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Inflation in US remains stubborn with 3,2% in twelve months to July

Friday, August 11th 2023 - 17:37 UTC
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The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate to more than 5.25% - the highest level in 22 years - in a bid to cool the economy and ease prices The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate to more than 5.25% - the highest level in 22 years - in a bid to cool the economy and ease prices

The rate of inflation in the United States was 3.2% over the year to July, driven by higher housing, car insurance and food costs, the Labor Department said. That was up from 3% in June, which was the lowest rate in more than two years.

However the US Labor Department report offered other signs that price increases were subsiding.

“Underlying inflation is heading in the right direction,” said Hussain Mehdi, macro and investment strategist for HSBC Asset Management, while Harvard economist Jason Furman called the latest figures “unambiguously good news”.

The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate to more than 5.25% - the highest level in 22 years - in a bid to cool the economy and ease the pressures pushing up prices.

Inflation in the US hit a peak of 9.1% last year, far above the US Federal Reserve's 2% target. But it has eased significantly as the shock to food and energy prices from the war in Ukraine has faded.

Ryan Sweet, chief US economist at Oxford Economics, said the decline did not imply that it was “mission accomplished” for the rate-setting central bank.

“Still, we expect the Fed to skip rate hikes in September and November, when inflation should have decelerated even further,” he said.

Compared with June, core prices rose at a relatively modest 0.2%. That was the same pace as between May and June.

Prices for some items, including used cars and airline fares, dropped last month.

Many analysts are expecting costs for housing, which is weighted heavily in US inflation calculations, to start to ease in coming months, pointing to independent reports showing a slowdown in the growth in rental rates.

But a recent rise in fuel prices could mean it takes longer than hoped for inflation to ease its grip on the economy.

Though the prices remain lower than a year ago, the average national price for regular gasoline in the US jumped above US$ 3.80 per gallon earlier in August, up from about US$ 3.50 a month earlier, according to the motor club association AAA.

Categories: Economy, United States.
Tags: Inflation.

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